JustDance ~ Congrats on your pregnancy! It looks like you're well on your way! The best advice I can offer to you is to enjoy the remainder of your time being just you...you'll know what I mean three months from now. Enjoy your free time!
As for the contractions...I actually didn't even know I was in labor. My contractions were so minor that they just felt like REALLY BAD menstrual cramps. It felt like I was going to get my period any minute and they were all in my back.
However when I went to the hospital, I was 4 centimeters dialated and completely effaced. The doctor broke my water, started pitocin and I labored for an hour before getting an epidural (highly recommend this!
). The contractions that I felt were very intense...like someone was squeezing my stomache really hard and pressing on my pelvis. The pain was not unbearable, but it was not pleasant. If you decide on an epidural, ask your doctor to keep it turned on. My doctor turned mine off and it's awful if you end up pushing for as long as I did (2 hours). I could sugar coat it for you, but let's face it - you want answers - it's the worst pain you'll ever experience. But you get the best present in the end.